Barnwood wall hung coat rack--all hand tool build

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Project by JayT posted 01-17-2014 02:20 AM 2796 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wife wanted a coat rack by the back door so we could hang stuff there instead of throwing them on the kitchen chairs. While her desire was for a simple hanging spot, I took the opportunity to challenge myself with a completely hand tool build.

Started with a piece of barnwood, added a hand cut dovetail corner. Was it necessary to be dovetailed? Maybe not, but it allowed me to practice. #78 plane to cut rebates on a couple shelves to create good gluing surfaces. Mounted the shelves going different directions just for fun and interest. Instead of using an off the shelf, boring coat hook, the “hooks” are made from iron pipe on one side and a outdoor faucet handle on the other. Finished with several coats of spray can satin lacquer.

Quick project, but the client is happy and I got to spend some time playing in the shop. Win/Win!

Thanks for looking

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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Don W

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 02:32 AM

Sweet. Unique. I think I like it!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 02:55 AM

Now that’s funky …... in a good way.
How do you like the two cherries chisels?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 03:01 AM

I like the use of the fittings. Too bad we won’t be able to see the dove tails, cause they turned out nice.

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 03:01 AM

Thanks, guys.

Paul, I’ve been really impressed with the chisels. Almost ready to use out of the box and they take a good edge and hold it forever. I’m not totally enamored with the handle shape. It’s not really bad, just doesn’t fit my hands real well. Small price to pay for the kind of performance they deliver. I really need to do a review soon.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 03:11 AM

Pretty neat. Quite unique, like the originality of the coat hangers.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 01:10 PM

Nice project Jay.Well thought out and planned. As for screwdrivers, not my favorite. I have screwdriver bits for my bit brace, lots of torque when needed but good speed control as well!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 02:45 PM

I love the unique rustic look and the fact that it was built with hand tools.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 03:30 PM

Looks nice, JayT! I love your dovetails!!!

I’ll have to remember the use of plumbing fixtures for future builds…LOL

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 04:27 PM

It’s a nice practical project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 01-17-2014 05:23 PM

These are the best kinds of projects.

Nicely done sir.

-- - Terry

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 08:35 PM

Love it! Unique hangers. That is creative!

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#12 posted 01-19-2014 02:55 AM

Adds a lot of character, great use of reclaimed material.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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